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Bachus named director of Hispanic Resources

3/18/2003 News media contact: Kathy Gilbert · (615) 742-5470 · Nashville, Tenn.

NOTE: A photograph of Amanda Bachus is available.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Amanda Bachus has been named director of Hispanic Resources for United Methodist Communications.

Bachus had served as associate editor of Hispanic Resources, which produces the magazine el Intérprete and the news feature Noticias en Español. She was named director effective March 17.

"Amanda brings a solid church background, editorial and marketing skills to the position," said M. Garlinda Burton, director of United Methodist News Service and publisher and editor of Interpreter magazine. "And she has a firm grasp of the needs of our diverse Latino audience. She has some good solid ideas for broadening our scope with all our Hispanic resources."

In her new role, Bachus will help identify and develop resources and programs to enhance the communications ministries of and with Hispanic United Methodists.

Bachus, a longtime United Methodist, joined the communications agency in summer 2002, after four years on the staff of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship in Nashville. She had served as bilingual administrative assistant, as well as bilingual marketing and customer service coordinator, and editorial assistant for the Office of Hispanic Ministries. In her last position at the discipleship board, she was also a certified facilitator for the National Plan for Hispanic Ministries.

A native of Bolivia, she graduated from St. Andrew's School in La Paz, where she learned English. She holds an education degree from the State University of San Andres in La Paz, Bolivia. While in the United States, she attended the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and Nashville (Tenn.) State Technical Institute, where she received her business and computer training. She is also fluent in Portuguese.

Bachus has an extensive marketing and product development background. For the last 15 years, she has held bilingual administrative positions in the United Methodist Publishing House, the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, and the Board of Discipleship. For four years, she worked for Fruit of the Loom in the international training division and with the vice president of international sales and marketing division.

"I believe she has an extremely broad understanding of the specific issues and concerns of the Latin American community in the United States, the Caribbean and South America, and she has already applied that knowledge in her work with el Intérprete," Burton said.

Bachus has served as interim director since October, when the position became vacant.

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